John Ellis is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Appellate Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

John’s practice focuses on litigating wage and hour class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 in state and federal court. He is also a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group and has drafted numerous winning appellate briefs and amicus briefs for proceedings in the appellate courts. John is experienced and knowledgeable with all aspects of federal and California wage and hour law and appellate procedure. John has particular expertise in wage and hour matters affecting the trucking and logistics industry.



Defeated certification of a class of employee truck drivers in Burnell v. Swift Transportation Co of Arizona, LLC, No. EDCV10809VAPSPX, 2016 WL 2621616, (C.D. Cal. 2016) and Mares v. Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC, No. CV 15-7920-VAP (KKX), 2017 WL 10592147, at *1 (C.D. Cal. 2017)

Obtained summary judgment on all claims in Mares v. Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC, No. 215CV07920VAPKKX, 2018 WL 6928455, at *1 (C.D. Cal. 2018)

Established the amount in controversy for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction includes recoverable attorneys’ fees anticipated to be incurred over the course of the litigation in Fritsch v. Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC, 899 F.3d 785 (9th Cir. 2018).

Established that employees earning piece rate compensation need not be paid separate hourly compensation for particular work under Washington law in Sampson v. Knight Transportation, Inc., 193 Wash. 2d 878 (WA Supreme Court 2019)

Drafted amicus brief for Employers Group and California Employment Law Council in Canela v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 971 F.3d 845 (9th Cir. 2020)

Assisted in preparation of amicus brief for Employers Group and California Employment Law Council in Frlekin v. Apple Inc., 8 Cal. 5th 1038, 457 P.3d 526 (CA Supreme Court 2020)



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Media Mentions



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006


  • California
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